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What do I need to bring to my surf lesson?
You’ll definitely need swim wear to wear under your wetsuit and a towel. A bottle of water and a snack to have after your lesson is a good idea too. On hot, sunny days remember your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. On cold, wet days remember your warm, dry clothes and a rain jacket.
On the day of your lesson, we suggest filling up on a good breakfast. Our lessons can be strenuous, and undertaking them on an empty stomach is not recommended.
What happens in a Surf Lesson?
All surf lessons begins with a briefing on ocean safety and good beach practice, then your surf coach will give you an introduction on how to handle your surfboard and pop up techniques before you enter the sea and start catching waves!
Can I use my own surfboard and wetsuit in a lesson?
If you have your own wetsuit you are welcome to use it, however if it is a thin wetsuit or if it is a short length not full length, your instructor may advise you to use one of our thick, 5.4mm full length wetsuits.
You are also welcome to bring along your own surfboard, but if your instructor feels the board is not right for the conditions on the day, then we will provide you with one our foam surfboards.
Where can I find you on the beach?
Our surf school operates just off Bantham Beach. When entering the main car park we can be found on the far right at the end just to the right of the seating area/ Gastro Bus.
How early should I arrive?
We request that you arrive 30 minutes before the start of the lesson so we have time to sort out your paperwork, size you for a wetsuit and board . In school holidays the lane down to Bantham Beach can get very busy and at times it may take you half an hour from the main road to pass through the traffic to the main car park. So please bear that in mind when planning your visit.
Your lesson will begin and end on the beach, so if you’re going straight on to another activity or commitment, we recommend giving yourself 30 minutes after the lesson finish time in order to make your way back up the beach, get
out of your wetsuit and return to your car.
What if it's raining?
Rain doesn’t affect the surf; once you get in a wetsuit, you will be nice and warm, and you’ll be getting wet in the sea during your lesson anyway! We also monitor the weather conditions and if the sea conditions allow us to deliver your lesson safely, it will go ahead.
What do I learn in my first surf lesson?
Our beginner lessons will start off on the beach where your surf coach will run through essential ocean and beach safety before teaching you all about your surf board and how to stand up (pop up) on your board. Once you have mastered your pop up on the beach you will then be able to practice under our supervision in the sea.
By the end of the surf lesson you can expect to safely control your board, catch a wave, pop up and ride it into the shore.
Will I be able to stand on my first lesson?
The majority of our customers will stand up and ride a wave on their first surf lesson. Our surf coaches will give you all the skills you need to succeed and although surfing can be frustrating we are with you for each wave to give tips, advice and changes on technique. You will finish your fist surf lesson feeling comfortable to enjoying surfing by yourself in the knowledge that you are practising the right techniques
What happens if there's no waves?
We use weather and tide charts along with our local surf knowledge to estimate what conditions will be like on the day of your lesson. If we feel that there really is not enough surf on that particular day for a quality lesson, we will endeavour to offer another or suggest a different date that is convenient for you.
Do I have to book in advance?
All our surf lessons are planned in advance in order for us to ensure we have the correct coach:pupil ratio so we recommend booking in advance.
What happens if I have to cancel my booking due to Covid-19 symptoms or illness?
You are eligible for a full refund if your cancellation is over 5 days to the lesson date. If less than 5 days you will need to check with your travel insurance to find out if you are covered for cancelling your booking. We will not be offering refunds on this basis, but will endeavour to help as much as possible in organising you a future booking date.